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The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Family | 31 May 1905 (USA)
The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards, and has recently been made the subject of a sketch in a New... See full summary »

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Edwin S. Porter
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Uncredited cast:
William Courtenay William Courtenay ... Jimmy Dam (uncredited)
Frank Daniels ... Mr. I. B. Dam (uncredited)
May Irwin ... Mrs. Dam (uncredited)
Charlotte Walker ... Miss U. B. Dam (uncredited)
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The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards, and has recently been made the subject of a sketch in a New York Vaudeville Theatre. The Edison Manufacturing Co., with their usual up-to-date methods, have illustrated this popular subject in a most novel and original way in Motion Pictures. The picture opens with a close view of the individual members of the family. Each goes through a very amusing performance. Mr. I.B. Dam is seized with a severe fit of sneezing. Herself relieves her mind through woman's sole weapon. Jimmy Dam shows how a cigarette should be smoked. Miss U.B. Dam is very proud of the marcel wave in her hair. Annie Dam, in a large picture hat, tries to look very shy and demure. Lizzie Dam chews gum in a most artistic manner. Baby Dam gives a sample of his ability at crying. A family group is seated at dinner, with the Dam Dog seated at the head of the table. Mr. I.B. Dam enters and kicks ... Written by Edison Catalog

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Short | Comedy | Family

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1905 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az egész Dam család és a kutyájuk See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Available for sale in 1905 for $45. See more »

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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A 20th-Century "Meet the Fockers"
11 May 2010 | by kobe1413See all my reviews

A mildly entertaining short that expands on a popular postcard of 1905. It presents a complete family with the last name of Dam. They each mug for the camera as they are introduced. Then they all sit together as if for a postcard. Then, following a brief interlude of animation that presents the name of short, the family sits down for a meal. After fighting with the Dam dog, the Father Dam yells at Jimmy Dam for smoking at the table. All is interrupted though when the dog returns and proceeds to pull the tablecloth off of the table.

The characterizations are okay but, do the time constraints, only hit one note. The dog steals the picture of his obvious joy of fighting with the father and barking at the family. The chaos he provides livens up the mundane picture.

Overall, I give 4 out of a 10.


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